This has entered it's drinking window and had a complex layering of cassis and black cherry, while still expressive of it's terroir. The color is still deep red with no bricking on the edges. The nose has notes of dark fruit with an earth tone that mutes it somewhat. The entry is fresh and the finish is long and pleasant. This is the 5th bottle tried over the years and the first that has been truly rewarding. While the tannins have softened, they are still present (delightfully so). I would drink this over the next 5 years.
Vibrant deep ruby color. Youthful appearance. Almost equal proportions of red cherry fruit and tomato juice on the nose and palate. In between primary and secondary development but this wine feels young overall. Has a similar reticence to other 2000 right bankers. Very enjoyable now but could age for a bit longer. Second bottle tasted this year with consistent notes.
Tasted non blind at home. Decanted for 2 hours and drank over 3 more hours. Nose of cassis, cedar and evergreens. On the palate, it has more cassis, tobacco, some leather and a hint of sour cherry. The finish is fairly long was some dusty cedar, black fruit and a touch of rubber. Still very tannic with lots of room to continue to evolve. Hold for 2-3 years.
at SD flat with "The girls": Fillet steak... this magnum was uber oppulent, supple juicy, intense, and an all round delicious glass of Pomerol. Can't pretend there is complexity or massive intensity, but in this case LESS is most definitely MORE. yummy
Decanted for 2 hours and drank only one glass (split among 6 people). Paired with smoked butternut squash soup. Beautiful nose of tobacco and black fruit. Taste isn't terribly complex, but very enjoyable wine with cassis, raspberry and licorice. Medium finish. This one should continue to mature over the next 2-3 years at least. Would like to enjoy the next bottle of this over a longer period of time.
Dinner with Sheila in Princeton. What a delicious wine! Best after 2.5 hours open in the bottle, no decanting (and would have been even better if we gave it more time). Very good notes of caramel, menthol, tar, currants, oak & some barnyard in the wine, too. A lovely Pomerol nose, that got better as the night went on. Best with our roast rack of lamb; good with the French onion soup, too. These will drink better with 3-4 hours open, or another 1-2 years in the bottle.
I haven't had a bottle of this for a year and a half or two years, and it's picked up weight, darkened and developed a little. It's still a big, rich, plummy wine, but there's better concentration and a great pomerol nose.
During the evening the wine developed beautifully in the bottle. So if you want to pop and pour; decant it! Or leave it in your cellar for another three years. In the bouquet there is pleasant barnyard, some earthy tones and ripe fruit. Only sniffing is almost enough! In the mouth it is round, juicy and creamy. Firm bitterness and ok tannin. A real pleasure and thanks to the bouquet my highest score of this vintage for this wine .
Opened the bottle and it smelled like a freshly opened bag of potting soil. An hour later, the smell was even stronger, and upon tasting it was as if I had taken a handful of the potting soil and crammed it into my mouth. Tried again an hour later with no improvement. Presumably a bad bottle, but I've never had a bad bottle that tasted like this. Disappointing and undrinkable.
Nice bouquet with cassis an a little oak. Full bodied, straight forward wine. A bit green even. Firm amount of acidity and bitterness. Give it 4 - 6 hours of air, or keep it for 1 or 2 more years. It will never be great, but when the tannin softens a bit, it will give more pleasure.
Ah crap!!! Opened this up last night and it was still way too young. Left it overnight and now it is dead as a dodo. yesterday this wine was quite tightly wound up - quite high tannins that got in the way of the fruit - this was a wine that needs a bit more time. Good structure and medium bodied. The day after it was soft plums and damp, flabby flavours. Give it a couple more years in the cellar if you have any.
Dark with still purple in the core. Laurel, black currants and good oak in the bouquet. Enormous concentration. A lot of good juice and oak. Long aftertaste. Silk bitterness in the finish. A great effort!